The winters are here, no doubt about it.
It’s freezing out there. I swear, as I write this out, my hands are starting to go numb.
The temperatures have dropped, snowflakes have arrived and everything has gone white and our old friends, snowmens have started to arrive.
They turn up every year, around this time - covered in coats and scarves and believe me, they don’t care about style. All they want is to keep themselves warm.
Everytime you’re going out, you think about dressing as a snowmen - covering yourself up in layers but you don’t want to lose the element of style you’ve adorned all year. However, at the same time, you don’t want to freeze yourself up.
So what to do now?
Do you cover yourself in layers? Or do you maintain your style and endure the cold?
But what if? You could do both? What if you could keep yourself warm without layering yourself up as a child and not lose your style and edge by looking sharp at the same time?
Sounds good, eh?
Well let’s get started.
So what are the key elements that you should keep in mind while dressing up for the winters?
Well, no matter the outfit you choose, there is one thing that you should never compromise on and that is comfort. If you’re not warm and have to endure the blistering cold, believe me, it will look odd and honestly your style won’t count for much.
So what do you do?
Well, for starters you start to adjust your outfits for the colder weathers. You choose the right outfits, pair up the right winter essentials and by doing that you won’t have to compromise on the style.
Let me make you a checklist to making the right outfit choices.
Layer your clothes
Choosing winter friendly fabrics
Pairing right accessories
Although winters bring a lot of nuisance in terms of your traveling and the days getting shorter giving you lesser time to enjoy the sun. The only good thing about this weather is the opportunity to wear layers.
All your summer outfits can now be matches with other items and thus giving you more options to get creative with your outfits.
You have a multitude of options you can choose from because obviously, you could not layer yourself in the summers.
By wearing one layer on top of the other, you’re not only keeping yourself warm but also making yourself look sharp.
So what is the basic concept behind layering?
The idea is to take each layer at a time - starting from a thin layer on the inside and pair it up with a thicker layer outside.
Essentially, there are three type of layers.
01. Base Layers - Undershirts, T-Shirts, Shirts
02. Middle Layers - Shirts, Sweaters, Jackets
03. Top Layers - Jackets or Coats
Pro Tip: You should never layers yourself up so much that it restricts movement. Only layer to keep yourself warm without restricting any movement.
Now that we understand, how layering works, it does not mean at all that you should wear just any layer. You have to put a fair amount of thought behind matching your layers so that you’re not just keeping yourself warm but also looking sharp at the same time.
And certainly, not like this?
Another thing to consider while layering is that you should wear something as an inner layer unless it can be worn on its own. Why? Because as you head out, you never know when you have to take the outer layers off and a billowy shirt under there won’t look nice there or will it?
But now comes the problem of layering up for different occasions. Because your casual outfit layers cannot be worn at a formal event and vice versa. So what do you do? Well, let me guide you a little.
So when you’re dressing up for the office, it’s always nice to start with a undershirt, t-shirt or a dress shirt as a base layer. You can pair it up with a sweater, cardigan as your middle layer and a suit jacket as your top layer. You can also wear a coat as an additional top layer when you’re outdoors.
Keep in mind, your sweaters should be lightweight. You should feel comfortable wearing the outfit because if you’re breaking a sweat even in this blistering cold, you’re definitely wearing a layer or two too many.
Summing it up.
01. T-Shirt or undershirt (base layer)
02. Dress Shirt
03. Sweater, Cardigan (middle layer)
04. Suit jacket (top layer)
05. Coat (top layer)
Dressing up casually in the winers could be done similarly following the same rules but since you’re not restricted to a dress code, there are many different options you can choose from.
Let’s say, you could pair up a t-shirt with a dress shirt and wear a sweater on top of simple go with a t-shirt underneath and a furry collared jacket on top.
It’s totally up to you.
But since you have many options to consider, you should really try out different combinations and experiment with what looks best on you.
I would recommend to keep things simple and not go too flashy.
Moving on, you should consider winter friendly fabrics as well. But what are the different fabrics you can choose from during the winters.
Essentially there are 4 basic fabrics that you should revolve your winter outfits around. For base layers, you should consider cotton layers while for the middle layers, I would recommend choosing denim layers. For top layers, it’s best if you consider leather jackets while wool layers are perfect for middle layers and top layers as well.
Are you with me?
Now that we have different layering options and the fabrics we should consider for winters. What’s next?
It’s accessories time.
Wearing the right winter accessories is a must if you want to keep yourself warm and comfortable. So what are the right accessories for the winters? Mainly, there are three.
Protecting your head is the most important task in the winters. So it’s best if you opt for a stylish winter jacket that is not only going to keep you warm but give you that element of style in your outfits.
Scarves are an absolute must have accessory if you want to drive the right attention to your outfits. Scarves are not only useful in protection your neck from the cold but also add a visual appeal to your outfit that will allow you to express with more colors and take all the right attention.
Fair warning, you should choose brighter colors for your scarves but don't go overboard by going neon.
When choosing gloves for the winters, there are basically three things you should keep in mind.
01. Your gloves should hold off the cold weather
02. Your gloves should not absorb moisture
03. They should not look like your mom stitched them up when you were 5 years old
Personally, I use leather gloves for the formal outfits and choose between them and wool gloves for casual wear.
Alright, now we have got three things out of the way. But choosing a stylish coat as a top layer still remains.
Choosing a coat is probably the most vital part of your winter wardrobe. Why so? Well, your coat will be first thing anybody notices when you go and meet them and you don’t want to make a bad impression, now, don’t you?
But how should you choose a winter coat?
Well, the first thing. It should protect you from the cold but that’s not the only thing you’re looking for, right? You want to make a style statement as well.
Let me help you out by showing you some of my favorites.
You should not have to wear layer after layer and make yourself look like a abominable snowman during the winters. There are many options that can help you out if you are looking to stay stylish and keep yourself warm at the same time. You just have to make a little effort in choosing the right layers and pairing them up correctly.
If you have any more tips for me to survive this cold, help a brother out maybe? Comment down below.
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